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Kansas pilot injured when ultralight plane crashes

  • The Associated Press
  • Published Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at 8:07 p.m.

LAWRENCE – A small airplane has crashed in northeast Kansas, and its pilot was taken by helicopter to an area hospital with serious injuries.

Kansas Highway Patrol spokesman Casey Simoneau says the pilot took off from a private residence in an ultralight aircraft around 12:40 p.m. Wednesday, lost control of the plane and crashed into a tree.

The plane went down in Douglas County, a half-mile southeast of Lawrence.

In an online crash report, the KHP identified the pilot as 60-year-old Dennis R. McNish of Lawrence. He was taken to Kansas University Medical Center, where Simoneau says he was in serious condition.

The crash is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration, the KHP said.

Contributing: Amy Renee Leiker of The Eagle

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